Mind Games Part Two: When It’s Time


My brain is telling me that it is time to get started on my next book.

How do I know this?

1. Spring break means six more weeks of school. And I know from experience that school goes quickly once we get past spring break. No matter than I have a ton of things to do, and once school starts I will be doing recruitment work as well as writing for the school’s annual report. The concentration necessary for teaching class will be behind me, at least for the next few months.

2. I have gotten to the point that I am dissatisfied with what I am reading. I find myself constantly comparing what someone else wrote with what I know I can write.

3. My mind continues to daydream scenes from my next book. I long for time in front of my computer where I can put various ideas for the book down and begin plotting and doing character development.

The signs are there. Now I need to do something about it.

That isn’t to say I am at the point where I will actually start writing brilliant prose. In contrast to my past experience, I am going to slow down this time and focus on quality instead of quantity. When you have limited time, there’s a strong temptation to get as many words on paper as quickly as possible. And that’s what I have done up to this point. But not this time.

I also read that there is a direct relationship between the number of people you have read through early versions of your manuscript and the number of drafts you are willing to work on. So I think I am ready to solicit for readers. Interested? Let me know.

We’re on vacation this week, and it has changed my state of mind. I don’t want to go back to my stressed-out, burned-out perspective that I was faced with before we left. Instead, I need to look ahead and be creative and constructive. I need to be the writer, rather than the professor/editor.

And I would much rather be the writer right now.

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